Posts tagged: "quilt finishing"

  1. Do you stay stitch your quilts? Pat Sloan says . . .

    Posted by on October 13, 2017

    Have you heard of stay stitching? Many quilters stay stitch their quilt tops before machine quilting. But what is stay stitching, and why would you do it? Essentially, stay stitching is simply sewing around the edge of your quilt top to stabilize seams. It’s particularly helpful when there are a lot of patchwork seams on […]


  2. Troubleshooting sewing-machine tension: 5 simple steps

    Posted by on August 25, 2017

    How can you get the perfect thread tension before you start machine quilting? Look no further than Lori Kennedy’s book Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3! In Lori’s book, you’ll learn all you need to know to create 61 whimsical motifs, including how to set up your machine, how to doodle to refine your technique, and yes—how […]


  3. Big blog hop! Piecing, quilting, and precuts (and a pincushion) + giveaway!

    Posted by on August 21, 2017

    It’s Martingale’s day on Christa Watson’s blog hop for her new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts—welcome, everyone! I’m Karen Johnson, Martingale’s director of marketing. I’ll be your blog-hop host for today! The thing I love most about Christa Watson’s new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, is that she gives you a quilt to […]


  4. Have you tried machine quilting panels for practice? (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on August 11, 2017

    How are your free-motion machine-quilting skills coming along? If you need a little practice (don’t we all?), Pat Sloan has a smart little tip: practice your free-motion quilting on printed fabric panels. A free-motion-quilted panel from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt Why practice on panels? In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to […]


  5. De-stash! 2 smart ways your stash can help you finish your quilts

    Posted by on May 5, 2017

    Ah, fabric stashes, we love you! You inspire us, you motivate us, you make our quilting dreams a reality. Sometimes. And then other times, we look at you and think: okay, you’ve gotten a little out of control here. Today we’re sharing two simple ideas for shrinking your stash—they’ll simultaneously make a dent in your […]


  6. Easy free-motion quilting motifs, simple as 1-2-3 👍 (free tutorial + giveaway!)

    Posted by on March 29, 2017

    If you’ve tried free-motion quilting but you’re still in beginner mode . . . If you’re ready to try some fun new motifs . . . If you simply aren’t sure how to progress from where you are . . . Let machine-quilting pro Lori Kennedy take you by the hand and teach you everything […]


  7. How to quilt a patchwork quilt just like Civil War–era quilts

    Posted by on March 8, 2017

    We know we have just a few (ha!) fans of reproduction quilts out there—so today we’ve got something special to share with you! If you’ve ever wondered how to choose a quilting design for your reproduction quilts, one that’s authentic to the era, Julie Hendricksen is the perfect person to ask. She’s made a career […]


  8. Walking-foot quilting tutorial (video): try quick & easy curves

    Posted by on February 27, 2017

    Are you a "quilt by check" quilter—meaning you send out your quilts to be quilted? Or maybe you’ve tried free-motion quilting and the results weren’t, um, what you’d expected (ask anyone in our office who’s tried it: we’ve all been there). Today we’re here to tell you that free-motion quilting and quilting by check aren’t […]


  9. 🚫No Christmas UFOs: the 1 skill you need to machine quilt at home (+ sale!)

    Posted by on December 5, 2016

    With Christmas just a few weeks away, it’s time to put the (machine) pedal to the metal! For many quilters, that means machine quilting is in your very-near future. If you feel like your machine-quilting skills aren’t what they could be, if you’re stuck on what and where to quilt, or if you’re terrified about […]


  10. Learn to machine quilt with Pat Sloan (once and for all): mega-big blog tour!

    Posted by on November 25, 2016

    A note about Black Friday: We’re once again passing up the opportunity to host our own Black Friday sale this year. Instead, we’ll cheer on the thousands of independent quilt and yarn shops hosting special sales, including Small Business Saturday, this weekend. Why not give your local shop a call and find out what they’re […]